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Deputy’s Act of Kindness Recognized by City of Victorville

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Deputy Jeff Dean was honored by Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia for his selfless act of kindness. (Twitter)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) The City of Victorville presented Deputy Jeffrey Dean of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department with a recognition award for his heartfelt kindness he showed to a young man named Jake.

Although Deputy Dean never expected or asked for any recognition, his good deed went viral on social media and even a Washington radio station when Jake’s soon to be stepfather Scott Davis wrote a post on Facebook detailing the kind act.

Jake traveled from Washington to Victorville for work and was jumped by three men who stole his wallet and cell phone. He hesitated to file a police report since he really didn’t have a positive outlook on police officers, the post stated.

“He was a dumb juvenile not too long ago and made some bad choices. So he has never seen the good in a police officer (on his own behalf). We form our opinions based on experiences. This experience has changed his perspective. He thinks the world of this officer!” Jake’s mother Amber Bowers-Steele stated.

What forever changed his perspective is when Jake met Deputy Jeffrey Dean who took his police report.

Davis said it was by the hand of God his stepson crossed paths with Deputy Dean who realized Jake had no place to stay that night. Dean bought him a warm meal to eat and even paid for his motel out of his own pocket.

The Victorville Deputy of three years then called Jake’s parents to arrange travel arrangements to get him back to Washington. Not only did Deputy Dean purchase the young man’s bus ticket, but he also selflessly set aside his Mother’s Day plans to personally drive Jake to a greyhound bus station in San Bernardino, nearly 40 miles away.

On Tuesday night at the Victorville City Council Meeting Dean was presented with a certificate of recognition.

“Deputy Dean, on behalf of the entire City Council thank you for going above and beyond to help Jacob. Your generosity in caring for Jacob embodied the ideals of duty and service. You have brought great pride to the City of Victorville and our police department. I am pleased to honor you with this recognition,” said Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia.

Jake’s parents were also excited to announce on social media that he made it home safely thanks to Deputy Jeff Dean.

Jake's parents shared the exciting moment when they were reunited in Washington thanks to Deputy Jeff Dean. (Scott Davis)

Jake’s parents shared the exciting moment when being reunited in Washington thanks to Deputy Jeff Dean. (Scott Davis)

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
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ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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